Jackie Wardell, 1952-2013
CEI's staff and board members are saddened to share the news of Jackie Wardell's death on October 29. Jackie joined CEI in 1999 as COO, and became CFO in 2007. Born in England, Jackie led a significant career that spanned global business, financial, and legal management in London, Rotterdam, New York, and Wiscasset, ME. We miss her thoughtful and contemplative manner, and her kind and generous spirit. Read Jackie Wardell's obituary in the Lincoln County News.
CEI is a private, nonprofit Community Development Corporation and Community Development Financial Institution that provides financing and support for job-creating small businesses, natural resources industries, community facilities, and affordable housing.
CEI in the News
Clam juice, lobster bisque, and rural economic development, the CDFI way. CEI's support for a local seafood canning company is featured in an article in the National Journal.
CEI President & CEO Ron Phillips (above) is the recipient of the 2013 Ned Gramlich Award for Responsible Finance! Presented by Opportunity Finance Network, the award is the highest individual honor in the community development financial institution (CDFI) industry. Read his acceptance speech, which highlights four key challenges for CDFIs. Read more about the award.
AZ’s White Mountain Apache Tribe is reopening a shuttered sawmill, with New Market Tax Credit financing from CEI Capital Management LLC.
Since 2010, CEI business counselors helped 2,095 Maine lobstermen complete initial business plans as part of the federally-funded Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA). Take a look at the Maine Lobsterman's Community Alliance newsletter for the full story, including kudos to our very own David Hill, director of the Maine Small Business Development Center.
CEI is still the largest provider of tax credit financing in America. For an update on CEI's impact investing via the New Market Tax Credit Program, take a look at CEI Capital Management LLC's CEO Charlie Spies' article on sustainable forestry innovations on triplepundit.com.